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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,620 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,620
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 199 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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Photo of Lunch
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle purchased from The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD into my Stone Cali-Belgique glass at the appropriate temperature (02/11/10).

A: Pours a nice, hazy, golden blond capped with a fluffy and creamy off-white head of about three fingers. Beautiful ringed lacing is left on the inside of the glass. Really nice looking beer.

S: Aroma of citrus hops with a nice Belgian flair from some unique yeast.

T: Wonderfully crisp and fresh flavor profile consisting citrus hope with tones of orange peel, lemon, and some mild grapefruit. Some bitterness is found and increases with each sip leaving a great aftertaste. The Belgian yeast works beautifully creating a west coast Belgian IPA. Very well done.

M: Medium-bodied with with moderate and somewhat creamy carbonation. Rather crisp, yet bitter and no real hint of the 6.9% abv.

D: Extremely drinkable and rather refreshing.

Overall this is one of my favorite Belgian IPAs and certainly one that has everything you would expect from Stone. Another solid beer from Stone. Recommended.

Lunch, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of dstc
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a big, foamy, off-white head that falls to a minimal one. Nice lace.

Herbal, flowery hop aroma.

Nice hoppy beer with a mild sweetness to it. Tastes like a Stone brew although there is something different about it. Must be the yeast.

Medium to somewhat full in the mouth and rather smooth.

Another nice Stone IPA.

dstc, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of seaoflament
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yesterday I picked up a bomber of this for $5.99 at SouthBay Drugs. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Nice California sunset color with a inch of feathery white foam. Very good retention.

Oh yeah, Belgian yeast influence for sure. There are a bit of tropical fruits at first, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, peach, mango, nectarine, and apricot; but there is also an earthy and yeasty aroma from the yeast. Very estery with a similarity to a Belgian strong pale ale. There's also a bit of clove and perhaps ginger. Very interesting to see how just the yeast strain can change this brew, at least so far in the aroma. I'm also getting a bit of banana and bubblegum. Later on I get something like Belgian candy.

There's a good bitterness almost upfront but more towards the middle, and more earthy than citrus. I'm getting a bit of citrus rind in the finish and more yeast goodness. Some toasted malts show up at first but the earthiness almost overwhelms all the other possible flavors. Some tropical fruits try to make an appearance but don't hold up too well. I think I'm starting to perceive all the earthy flavors as "dirty" or "dirt"...just something that came to mind while drinking. Spicy finish too.

Decent mouthfeel, nothing too much to say about this really.

seaoflament, Sep 06, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

xdtfx, Aug 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Keananmichael5, May 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

RyanAU, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

LarryMyers, Jan 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

kybeerdrinker, Jan 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

MPSTARR, Aug 17, 2013
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4.84/5  rDev +21.3%

LoganMc, Oct 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

appetiteforparis, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

dcguitar, Mar 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Twal, Nov 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Artjsantos, Jul 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Piddmeista, Dec 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Furley80, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into an etched New Belgium globe.

A: Brilliant golden in color, with a thick white head that has very good retention. Lacing is sticky and does not want to go away.

S: Floral, citrusy hops are prominent, with some caramel and toasty notes. Belgian yeast adds a fruity element to the beer.

T: Cali-Belgique offers the best of both styles. A bit of caramel malt up front, followed by some dried fruit and banana character. Finish is all hops, with some pineapple and grapefruit, along with a floral note.

Notes: This moderate to medium-bodied brew has a creamy mouthfeel and a killer finish that rivals some of the best. Flavorful, and full of structure. This beer goes a long way. It's one that I will be buying again multiple times.

WYVYRN527, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam's Perfect Pint glass. Pours a dark yellow, not quite orange, close to a golden color with some cloudiness to it. Gets clearer as it warms up still a bit hazy, very little lacing on the glass. Smell is good. It's initially hoppy, then you can smell the Belgian characteristics to it. Taste is interesting, but gets better as it warms up again. Has the Belgian yeast but the initial taste the hops again, mostly citrus, maybe some slight pine at the end. Noticeable hops but not a very strong taste. Mouthfeel is pretty good, has a slight bite with a dry finish from the hops, but not bad. I found the beer to be pretty drinkable. I feel this is a beer that you really have to be careful if your drinking it with a meal, not a whole lot of options to have it with , maybe something lite.

AndyAvalanche, Aug 15, 2009
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

fmccormi, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up from Julio's in Westboro, MA.

Pours a nice orange color with about a two finger white head. Nice lacing is left behind.

The aroma is great mix of what the bottle would lead you to believe is inside. Citrus hops mingle with a nice Belgian yeast aroma. Each sniff is different, with the aromas taking turns being the dominant one.

The flavor is more along the lines of a west coast ipa. The hops play a stronger role than the Belgian yeast, but the yeast is definitely noticeable. The yeast has a very nice supporting role in this one. Good combination.

Solid medium body with active carbonation. Aftertaste has just as much yeast as hops. Not overly bitter by any means. I wish this one would have shown up in MD. I would absolutely buy this again. Good job, Stone.

Imstillthegman, Feb 24, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Techichi, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of Murchmac
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didnt really pay attention to much except it smells like fruity goodness and tasted like a classic stone IPA, but with a belgian kick.

This beer was really good and I was lucky to get it on tap. I thought stone was slipping as of late, but this gives me hope that every once in a while a brewery just goofs. Very good beer.

Murchmac, Sep 13, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

AnalogErik, Oct 22, 2013
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,620 ratings.